• Program: Communications
  • Course: Intercultural Communication
  • Course #: COMM2020
  • Total Credits: 3

Course Description

This course provides training in understanding the importance of intercultural communication and theories. Topics covered include: definitions of communication, definitions of culture and diversity of cultural patterns, cultural variables influencing communication, such as language, non-verbal communication, perception, values, and beliefs; factors that facilitate or inhibit intercultural communication competence; and examination of American culture in comparison to other cultures.

Course Evaluation

Refer to Course Syllabus for detailed information regarding the requirements and evaluation standards for this course. The Course Syllabus will be distributed the first week of the course.

Disability Services

Hennepin Technical College offers reasonable accommodations to qualified students with disabilities. If you have a documented disability that may require accommodations, contact the college’s Disability Services Director: Sara Laviolette at Brooklyn Park (763-488-2477) or Jean Kreutter at Eden Prairie (952-995-1544).

Course Goals

The following goals will be addressed in the course:
Understand the model of communication
Define the major components of culture
Explore cultural self-awareness and other-culture awareness
Acquire knowledge, skills and attitudes that increase intercultural competence
Recognize how people from other cultures perceive Americans
Gain a critical perspective on local/global issues
Perform appropriate perception checking skills
Understand the importance of context (social, cultural, historical and political dimensions) in intercultural relations
Expand student’s range of verbal and nonverbal skills
Recognize the influence student’s own culture has had on their self concept

Credit Details
  • Lecture: 3
  • MnTC Goal: 1 & 7
Course Details
  • Prerequisites: 
    Qualifying score on reading assessment test OR ENGL0921. Basic computer literacy skills required
  • Campus: Brooklyn Park/Eden Prairie

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